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HaptX promises to make your virtual hands feel like real ones

The holy grail of VR is immersion: to truly feel like you’re in a virtual world. While most modern VR headsets do a pretty good job of this, the experience isn’t perfect. One problem standing in the way of true immersion are the controllers. They’re…

NASA can pinpoint glaciers that might flood coastal cities

It’s safe to say that melting glaciers and ice sheets are bad things: they raise ocean levels and risk flooding low-lying coastal areas. But which of these icy bodies do you have to worry about in your area? NASA might help. It recently developed…

Kevlar cartilage could help you recover from joint injuries

It can be difficult to fully recover from knee injuries or other damage to your joints, if just because there hasn’t been an artificial replacement for cartilage that can withstand as much punishment as the real thing. That may not be an issue in th…

Treaty ending use of planet-warming HFCs takes effect in 2019

The treaty phasing out the use of Earth-warming hydrofluorocarbons now has an official start date. Sweden has become the 20th country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, invoking a clause that has the measure taking effect on January 1st, 2019. …

Jeffrey Tambor leaves Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ over harassment claims

The slew of sexual harassment and assault allegations surfacing in Hollywood has affected another major streaming service. Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor has announced he’s leaving the Amazon show after two transgender actresses on the show (Van B…

Texas authorities serve Apple a warrant for mass shooter’s iPhone

Authorities are persisting in their efforts to get access to the Texas mass shooter’s iPhone despite having missed an early opportunity. The San Antonio Express-News has learned that Texas Rangers served Apple warrants for data on both the perpetrat…

Tesla Roadster will get even quicker through an option package

When Tesla unveiled a brand new Roadster, it noted that the vaunted 1.9-second 0-60MPH time was present in the base model — implying that there might be headroom for even higher performance. But is there? Apparently, yes. Elon Musk has clarif…

The best GPS trackers for cats and dogs

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Tech incubator Y Combinator severs ties with Peter Thiel

It’s safe to say that Peter Thiel’s relationship with the tech industry has been… contentious. His wealth and willingness to invest have made him highly influential, but his eagerness to stifle media criticism and (at least for a time) support Pre…

How NASA will defend the Earth against plagues from outer space

In the summer of 1957, the Earth stood witness as a meteorite cratered in rural Pennsylvania, bringing with it a people-eating plague never seen: an alien amoeba with the taste for human flesh. While we had Steve McQueen around for the first i…